George Floyd: US’ Week of Broken Glass and Broken Dreams

Zekiya Louis (R) and Manuela Ramirez (L) handing out free water to protesters in Times Square, New York. Credit: James Reinl/IPS By James ReinlNEW YORK, Jun 4 2020 – The United States has been a story of broken dreams and broken glass this past week. Once again, an unarmed black man died at the hands […]

Migrant Women Exploited by Those They Trust

Credit: Unsplash / Gabriel Benois By Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Jun 4 2020 – Maliha Masud (25), was promised an affluent life and opportunities for higher education. A bright student studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she wanted to complete her studies and become someone her parents would be proud of. She was promised an opportunity to […]

Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Now?

WHO delivered medical supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Congo in April 2020. Credit: World Health Organization (WHO) By Lawrence SurendraBANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 4 2020 – In the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, the much-anticipated 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) of the WHO concluded without any major controversies or disagreements. […]

Covid-19 Recessions: This Time It’s Really Different

By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame SundaramBERLIN and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 4 2020 – The world economic contraction so far this year is largely due to measures, especially at the national or local level, to contain or prevent Covid-19 contagion, particularly those restricting business operations, thus reducing economic activity, output, incomes and spending. Vladimir Popov […]

Lifelines in Danger

Credit: URDEE IMAGE/ZUMA WIRE/ALAMY LIVE NEWS By Antoinette Sayeh and Ralph ChamiJun 4 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is crippling the economies of rich and poor countries alike. Yet for many low-income and fragile states, the economic shock will be magnified by the loss of remittances—money sent home by migrant and guest workers employed in […]

Shedding Some Light at the End of the Covid-19 Tunnel: Plotting a Way Forward

By Asif ZamanDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jun 4 2020 – Lockdowns have been the main measures to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19 infections. But lockdowns typically incur huge economic costs, distributed unevenly in economies and societies. In fact, some governments acknowledged that they were choosing ‘life over economy’. ‘Life vs. Economy’: A false dichotomy As lockdowns have […]

The Struggle for Land and Food in the Locked-down Philippines

Credit: KMP By Elena L. PasquiniROME, Jun 4 2020 – Landless farmers who produce rice for the landlords of big “haciendas” can’t get more than a little pocket money from their harsh work—not enough to provide diverse and healthy food for their families. Seasonal workers on sugar-cane plantations know that they can count on only […]

We Arabs Ask No Favors…..

By El Hassan bin TalalGENEVA, Jun 4 2020 – In these difficult times for the Palestinian people and for justice, the Government of Israel is proposing to add further to the turmoil by unilaterally absorbing large swathes of the Palestinian West Bank of the Jordan River. It might therefore be fitting to remind the world […]

COVID-19: Reset Food Systems Now for a Better Future

By Cecilia RussellMILAN, Italy, Jun 4 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inherent fragility of food systems, Marta Antonelli told an international video conference organised by the Barilla Center for Food Nutrition (BCFN). However, she said, it also offered an opportunity to reset the way food is produced, distributed and consumed. The pandemic […]

‘I Can’t Breathe!’ Australia Must Look in the Mirror to See our Own Deaths in Custody

Brendan Esposito/AAP By External SourceSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Jun 3 2020 – I can’t breathe, please! Let me up, please! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! These words are not the words of George Floyd or Eric Garner. They weren’t uttered on the streets of Minneapolis or New York. These are the final words of a 26-year-old […]

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